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Residents of crisis-hit Wuhan at the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak have described scenes reminiscent of 'doomsday' as China locks down the capital as it to struggles to contain the disease that has already infected nearly 1,300 people.
In Wuhan, the epicentre of the emergency, 450 military medics were deployed to help treat patients in the central city, where a seafood and live animal market has been identified as the centre of the outbreak.
Today - Lunar - New - Year - People
Today, when they should have been celebrating the Lunar New Year, people waiting at one hospital in the city were angry and frustrated.
'It takes at least five hours to see a doctor,' one woman, who didn't want to be named, said.
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One man in his 30s said some people had to queue for two days.
Another resident, Xiaoxi, 36, said she had spent the past week taking her sick husband from hospital to hospital in a desperate attempt to get him tested for the virus.
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She told the South China Morning Post: 'I have nothing. No protective clothing, only a raincoat, and I am standing outside the hospital in the rain,' said the woman, who gave her name as Xiaoxi.
'I am desperate, I have lost count of time and days. I don't know if we will both live to see the new year.'
Millions - People - World - Lunar - New
It came as millions of Chinese people around the world ushered in the Lunar New Year, marking the start of the Year of the Rat. But in Wuhan, streets remained on lockdown.
Xiaoxi said that Lunar New Year's eve felt like 'doomsday' as there was nowhere for her and her sick husband to go in the city.
Wuhan - Authorities - Race - Hospital - Fortnight
Wuhan authorities will race to build a second new hospital within a fortnight, state media reported, adding 1,300 new beds.
They have already begun building a new field hospital to deal...
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